Country: Turkey

Number of People Groups

68

People Groups Unreached

45 (66.2%)

Progress Level

Progress Gauge

Total
Population

84,249,000

Population in Unreached

83,499,000 (99.1%)

Largest Religion

% Christian Adherent

0.6%

% Evangelical

0.04%

Evangelical Annual Growth Rate

1.2%
Map Notes
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Photo People Group Population
this Country
Global
Population
Indigenous Primary Language Primary Religion Progress
Scale
% Christian
Adherent
% Evangelical Est. Workers
Needed *
 Abaza 14,000 73,000 Abaza Islam 0.20 % 0.00 % 1
 Abkhaz 164,000 305,000 Abkhaz Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 3
 Adyghe 350,000 689,000 Adyghe Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 7
 Alawite 554,000 1,978,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.03 % 0.01 % 11
 Albanian 73,000 5,179,000 Albanian, Gheg Islam 30.00 % 0.55 % -
 Americans, U.S. 25,000 192,802,000 English Christianity 77.00 % 29.00 % -
 Arab, Iraqi 112,000 16,842,000 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.20 % 2
 Arab, Lebanese 100,000 7,855,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 2
 Arab, North Iraqi 568,000 10,105,000 Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 11
 Arab, Syrian 587,000 16,089,000 Arabic, North Levantine Spoken Islam 5.00 % 0.40 % 12
 Armenian 67,000 6,637,000 Armenian Christianity 94.00 % 8.00 % -
 Assyrian 28,000 850,000 Assyrian Neo-Aramaic Christianity 95.00 % 2.91 % -
 Azerbaijani, Azeri Turk 590,000 17,452,000 Azerbaijani, South Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 12
 Bosniak 112,000 2,820,000 Bosnian Islam 0.10 % 0.00 % 2
 British 38,000 53,901,000 English Christianity 61.00 % 8.00 % -
 Bulgarian 7,400 6,817,000 Bulgarian Christianity 80.00 % 1.90 % -
 Chechen 112,000 1,726,000 Chechen Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 2
Deaf 422,000 47,601,000 Turkish Sign Language Islam 0.21 % 8
 Dutch 34,000 15,330,000 Dutch Non-Religious 48.00 % 4.20 % -
 French 30,000 50,319,000 French Christianity 63.00 % 1.00 % -
 Gagauzi Turk 5,300 176,000 Gagauz Christianity 90.00 % 2.00 % -
Gajal, Gadzhal 18,000 18,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Georgian 167,000 3,482,000 Georgian Christianity 55.00 % 0.50 % -
 German 6,100 66,308,000 German, Standard Christianity 65.00 % 2.10 % -
 Greek 4,000 10,234,000 Greek Christianity 91.00 % 0.40 % -
 Han Chinese, Mandarin 42,000 881,849,000 Chinese, Mandarin Non-Religious 6.00 % 5.70 % -
 Hemshin 22,000 25,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Herki 43,000 107,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.30 % 0.00 % 1
Hertevin 1,300 1,300 Hertevin Christianity 100.00 % 0.00 % -
 Hungarian 800 11,499,000 Hungarian Christianity 89.00 % 2.80 % -
 Italian 1,800 38,270,000 Italian Christianity 83.00 % 1.10 % -
 Jew, Spanish 16,000 62,000 Ladino Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Jew, Turkish 5,500 52,000 Turkish Ethnic Religions 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kabardian 1,177,000 1,993,000 Kabardian Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 24
 Karachai 21,000 253,000 Karachay-Balkar Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Karakalpak 74,000 874,000 Karakalpak Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kazakh, Qazaqi 8,500 15,659,000 Kazakh Islam 0.10 % 0.03 % 1
 Kumyk 1,600 445,000 Kumyk Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Kurd, Kurmanji 8,960,000 15,724,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 179
 Kurd, Turkish-speaking 6,301,000 6,301,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 126
 Kyrgyz 1,700 5,669,000 Kyrgyz Islam 5.00 % 0.70 % 1
 Laz, Lazuri 103,000 105,000 Laz Islam 2.00 % 0.20 % 2
 Lezgin 3,300 664,000 Lezgi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Macedonian 46,000 1,925,000 Macedonian Christianity 65.00 % 0.20 % -
 Ossetic 41,000 575,000 Ossetic Islam 6.00 % 0.30 % -
 Persian 685,000 41,801,000 Persian, Iranian Islam 0.30 % 0.10 % 14
 Pomak 376,000 478,000 Bulgarian Islam 2.00 % 0.40 % 8
 Pontic Greek 5,000 390,000 Pontic Islam 5.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Romani, Balkan 73,000 1,239,000 Romani, Balkan Islam 4.50 % 0.50 % 1
 Romani, Domari 35,000 3,505,000 Domari Islam 1.00 % 0.20 % 1
 Romanian 10,000 20,387,000 Romanian Christianity 97.00 % 5.40 % -
 Russian 36,000 133,971,000 Russian Christianity 68.00 % 1.20 % -
 Serb 9,700 9,999,000 Serbian Christianity 80.00 % 0.60 % -
 Shikaki 26,000 55,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Spaniard 1,200 29,004,000 Spanish Christianity 65.00 % 1.00 % -
 Syrian Aramaic, Turoyo 74,000 151,000 Turoyo Christianity 88.00 % 0.90 % -
 Tatar 29,000 6,422,000 Tatar Islam 0.50 % 0.00 % 1
 Tatar, Crimean 110,000 607,000 Crimean Tatar Islam 0.05 % 0.01 % 2
 Turk 59,258,000 63,339,000 Turkish Islam 0.01 % 0.00 % 1,185
 Turk, Meskhetian 22,000 273,000 Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Turkmen 1,600 7,886,000 Turkmen Islam 1.50 % 0.00 % 1
 Urdu 24,000 1,955,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uyghur 900 12,351,000 Uyghur Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Uzbek, Southern 4,200 4,395,000 Uzbek, Southern Islam 0.50 % 0.10 % 1
 Yazidi 2,800 723,000 Kurdish, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 1
 Yoruk 463,000 468,000 Balkan Gagauz Turkish Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 9
 Zaza-Alevi 200,000 231,000 Zazaki, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 4
 Zaza-Dimli 1,740,000 1,740,000 Zazaki, Southern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % 35
  Totals:  68 84,249,000         45 0.60 % 0.04 % 1,683 
  Unclassified / Other Individuals 90,000                
  UN Country Population (2020) 84,339,000                
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Provinces Estimated
Population
Adana 2,190,000
Adiyaman 605,000
Afyon 714,000
Agri 555,000
Aksaray 326,000
Amasya 326,000
Ankara 5,206,000
Antalya 5,206,000
Ardahan 102,000
Artvin 172,000
Aydin 1,053,000
Balikesir 1,202,000
Bartın 191,000
Batman 564,000
Bayburt 82,000
Bilecik 212,000
Bingöl 269,000
Bitlis 342,000
Bolu 288,000
Burdur 260,000
Bursa 2,818,000
Çanakkale 518,000
Çankiri 186,000
Çorum 533,000
Denizli 990,000
Diyarbakir 1,653,000
Düzce 360,000
Edirne 404,000
Elazığ 575,000
Erzincan 226,000
Erzurum 771,000
Eskisehir 821,000
Gaziantep 1,910,000
Giresun 435,000
Gümüshane 148,000
Hakkari 279,000
Hatay 1,537,000
Iğdır 194,000
Isparta 424,000
Istanbul 14,534,000
Izmir 4,158,000
K. Maras 1,101,000
Karabük 234,000
Karaman 243,000
Kars 299,000
Kastamonu 373,000
Kayseri 1,336,000
Kilis 130,000
Kinkkale 284,000
Kirklareli 348,000
Kirsehir 225,000
Kocaeli 1,742,000
Konya 2,132,000
Kütahya 578,000
Malatya 778,000
Manisa 1,383,000
Mardin 798,000
Mersin 1,746,000
Mugla 905,000
Mus 415,000
Nevsehir 289,000
Nigde 348,000
Ordu 732,000
Osmaniye 513,000
Rize 334,000
Sakarya 943,000
Samsun 1,284,000
Sanliurfa 1,866,000
Siirt 321,000
Sinop 207,000
Sirnak 494,000
Sivas 630,000
Tekirdag 917,000
Tokat 605,000
Trabzon 775,000
Tunceli 88,000
Usak 353,000
Van 1,098,000
Yalova 229,000
Yozgat 438,000
Zinguldak 606,000
Provinces:  81 81,459,000
UN Country Population 84,339,000

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Class Population % Popl % Hindu % Muslim % Christian % Buddhist % Sikh % Other
 
Forward Caste (FC) 287,718,000 341.5 % 97.3 % 0.0 % 1.1 % 0.1 % 0.0 % 1.5 %
 
Other Backward Classes (OBC) 765,974,000 909.2 % 70.6 % 24.5 % 1.7 % 0.1 % 2.3 % 0.8 %
 
Scheduled Caste (SC) 205,728,000 244.2 % 93.5 % 0.0 % 0.5 % 3.4 % 2.6 % 0.0 %
 
Scheduled Tribe (ST) 114,521,000 135.9 % 81.9 % 1.5 % 9.2 % 0.8 % 0.0 % 6.7 %
84,249,000



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Language Code # Peoples
Primary
Language
# Unreached
Primary
Language
Scripture
Status
NT Text
Online
NT Audio
Online
Jesus Film
Online
Audio
Recordings
Online
Gospel
Tract
Online
Abaza abq 1 1 Unspecified
Abkhaz abk 1 1 New Testament
Adyghe ady 1 1 New Testament
Albanian, Gheg aln 1 0 New Testament
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken acm 1 1 New Testament
Arabic, North Levantine Spoken apc 3 3 Bible Portions
Arabic, North Mesopotamian Spoken ayp 1 1 New Testament
Armenian hye 1 0 Complete Bible
Assyrian Neo-Aramaic aii 1 0 Complete Bible
Azerbaijani, South azb 1 1 Complete Bible
Balkan Gagauz Turkish bgx 1 1 Translation Needed
Bosnian bos 1 1 Complete Bible
Bulgarian bul 2 1 Complete Bible
Chechen che 1 1 Complete Bible
Chinese, Mandarin cmn 1 0 Complete Bible
Crimean Tatar crh 1 1 Complete Bible
Domari rmt 1 1 Bible Portions
Dutch nld 1 0 Complete Bible
English eng 2 0 Complete Bible
French fra 1 0 Complete Bible
Gagauz gag 1 0 New Testament
Georgian kat 1 0 Complete Bible
German, Standard deu 1 0 Complete Bible
Greek ell 1 0 Complete Bible
Hertevin hrt 1 0 Unspecified
Hungarian hun 1 0 Complete Bible
Italian ita 1 0 Complete Bible
Kabardian kbd 1 1 New Testament
Karachay-Balkar krc 1 1 New Testament
Karakalpak kaa 1 1 New Testament
Kazakh kaz 1 1 Complete Bible
Kumyk kum 1 1 New Testament
Kurdish, Northern kmr 4 4 Complete Bible
Kyrgyz kir 1 1 Complete Bible
Ladino lad 1 1 Complete Bible
Laz lzz 1 1 Unspecified
Lezgi lez 1 1 New Testament
Macedonian mkd 1 0 Complete Bible
Ossetic oss 1 0 Complete Bible
Persian, Iranian pes 1 1 Complete Bible
Pontic pnt 1 1 Translation Needed
Romani, Balkan rmn 1 1 Complete Bible
Romanian ron 1 0 Complete Bible
Russian rus 1 0 Complete Bible
Serbian srp 1 0 Complete Bible
Spanish spa 1 0 Complete Bible
Tatar tat 1 1 Complete Bible
Turkish tur 6 6 Complete Bible
Turkish Sign Language tsm 1 1 Translation Needed
Turkmen tuk 1 1 Complete Bible
Turoyo tru 1 0 New Testament
Urdu urd 1 1 Complete Bible
Uyghur uig 1 1 Complete Bible
Uzbek, Southern uzs 1 1 New Testament
Zazaki, Northern kiu 1 1 Bible Portions
Zazaki, Southern diq 1 1 Unspecified
Totals: 56 68 45   30 36 47 49 22

MAJOR RELIGIONS Percent
Buddhism
0.0 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.0 %)
0.6 %
Ethnic Religions
0.0 %
Hinduism
0.0 %
Islam
96.2 %
Non-Religious
3.1 %
Other / Small Religions
0.0 %
Unknown
0.0 %

CHRISTIAN SEGMENTS Percent
Anglican
2.8 %
Independent
1.3 %
Orthodox
67.6 %
Other Christian
1.5 %
Protestant
3.7 %
Roman Catholic
10.6 %
Notes:

Major Religions: Religion percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each religion, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total population to derive the religion's percentage.

Christianity Segments: Christian segment percentages are derived from summing Joshua Project's data for all the people groups who live in each country. The number of individuals who practice each segment of Christianity, by people group, are summed. This number is divided by the country's total number of Christians to derive the Christian segment's percentage.

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Turkey Statistics
People Groups 68
Unreached People Groups 45  (66.2%)
Population 84,249,000
Population Annual Growth Rate 1.0%
Population in Unreached 83,499,000  (99.1%)
Primary Religion Islam
Percent Christian Adherent 0.6%
Percent Evangelical 0.0%
Evangelical Annual Growth Rate 1.2%
Pioneer Workers Needed * 1,683
Country Progress Level 1
Urbanization 75%
Continent Asia
Region Asia, Central
10/40 Window Yes
Country Code TU
Official Language(s) Turkish
Literacy Rate 96%
Estimated Illiterate Population 3,370,000
Persecution Ranking 36 (1=High to 50=Low OD)